During its 55-year history, Univision has never had an Afro-Latina host on their prime-time news roster. But that all changes now.
This is Ilia Calderón, the first Afro-Latina to anchor an evening newscast for a major broadcaster in the U.S.
Calderón has been a broadcast journalist for two decades, and was also the first Afro-Latina to host a national news program in Colombia, her native country.
Starting Dec. 11, Calderón will be co-anchoring Univision Network’s flagship evening newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” along with Jorge Ramos on weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Calderón is replacing María Elena Salinas, who is leaving her position at Univision after 36 years.
“It is a great honor and an enormous responsibility for me to sit in María Elena Salinas’s anchor chair,” Calderón said in a press release. “María Elena has been an invaluable voice for the Hispanic community in this country, an icon of excellence in journalism and a role model for millions of Latinas, so I know I have big shoes to fill. I’m very excited to accept this new challenge as co-anchor of Hispanic America’s most trusted newscast. To the millions of loyal viewers of ‘Noticiero Univision,’ I promise to give you my very best every evening, continuing to honor Univision’s commitment to inform and empower Hispanic America like no other news organization in the American media landscape.”
Calderón is bi-racial and from a culturally diverse family. She’s from the Chocó region of Colombia.
“Ilia’s professionalism and experience, together with her personal charisma, journalistic integrity, knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic community and proven appeal with our diverse audience make her the ideal person to succeed María Elena Salinas,” Daniel Coronell, Univision News president said in a press release.
The 45-year-old journalist is married and also has a daughter.
In 2013, Calderón spoke about how had problems conceiving naturally.
“Being a mother had always been my dream,” Calderón wrote in a personal essay for ABC News. “A dream that was threatened when, after a regular check-up, my gynecologist told me about the worrying size of some fibroids inside my uterus. My whole world fell apart, but luckily, he managed to save my fertility during those three years until I was in the perfect condition to be a mother.”
Calderón joined Univision in 2007 and worked on “Primer Impacto” and most recently on “Noticiero Univision: Edición Nocturna.”
In August 2017, the Emmy Award-winning journalist made news herself after interviewing Ku Klux Klan leader Chris Barker in his home in North Carolina for a special edition of “Aquí y Ahora.”
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